Five Policemen Killed in Attack in Western Sudan

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Five policemen were killed when 20 gunmen attacked a police camp in a remote area of western Sudan, a newspaper reported Sunday. 

Al Ayam daily said the armed gang attacked the camp outside Um Kaddada town in North Darfur State at dawn Thursday, killing the policemen, wounding a civilian, and setting a police car ablaze before fleeing. 

The independent newspaper cited Abdallah Safi al-Nour, the governor of North Darfur which is about 700 kilometers (420 miles) west of here, as saying a police force and two helicopters were sent to hunt for gang. 

An investigation has already begun to reveal the identities of the attackers and their motives, the governor was quoted as saying.  

West Sudan has long suffered from attacks by bandits and tribal conflicts. 

The Interior Ministry Saturday dispatched a crack police force to western Sudan to restore order and peace there, Police Spokesman Major General Osman Yagoub was Sunday quoted by SUNA news agency as saying. 

He did not disclose the size of the force -- KHARTOUM (AFP)  

 

 

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